South Boston summary 2004-04-10

Hamlin holds off Peters for Late Model win at SoBo SOUTH BOSTON, VA. -- Make it three in a row for Denny Hamlin. The Midlothian, Va. driver grabbed the lead on the opening circuit of the 150-lap NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car...

Hamlin holds off Peters for Late Model win at SoBo

SOUTH BOSTON, VA. -- Make it three in a row for Denny Hamlin.

The Midlothian, Va. driver grabbed the lead on the opening circuit of the 150-lap NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division event Saturday night at South Boston Speedway and led the remainder of the way.

It marked the third straight Late Model Stock Car race that Hamlin, the division's points leader, has led from flag-to-flag.

And, for the third straight event, Hamlin held off Timothy Peters of Providence, N.C. to get the victory. Peters started seventh in the 20-car field, but sliced his way into the second-place spot in less than 30 laps.

Eddie Johnson of Ashland, Va. started eighth in the race and fought his way to a third-place finish, followed by Jason Dickerson of Ruckersville, Va. in fourth and Ronald Hill of Rougemont, N.C. in fifth place.

Hill qualified 13th for the start of the race, but had one of the strongest cars on the track by the end of the night.

Rodney Cook of Reidsville, N.C. placed sixth, while Clay Campbell of Martinsville, Va. was seventh and was the final driver on the lead lap.

Stacy Puryear of South Boston, Va. was eighth, while Justin Johnson of Roxboro, N.C. finished ninth and Wayne Ramsey of Amherst, Va. rounded out the top 10 drivers. Puryear, Johnson and Ramsey were all one lap down at the end.

Peyton Sellers of Danville, Va., the winner of the first Late Model event of the year at the speedway, earned the pole position for the race and was running in the top five when he blew a motor after only 29 laps and wound up in 16th place.

Cautions were the only thing that slowed Cash down

The only thing that slowed Jonathan Cash of Oxford, N.C. down in the 50-lap Barkhouser Limited Sportsman Division event was a trio of caution periods.

Cash started from the pole position and led every lap on the way to his third victory of the season. Cash, the division's defending champion, is atop the point standings with his trio of wins in four tries.

Justin Snow of Danville, Va. finished second in the 22-car field, while Tommy Peregoy of Red Oak, Va. claimed third place. Wayne Roach of Chatham, Va. managed a fourth-place finish for the night, while Kenny Bowes of Danville, Va. took the fifth spot.

Eddie DeClue of Butner, N.C. in 10th. The top 10 was rounded out by Chad Mason of Montpelier, Va. in sixth place, Charles Barnes of Chase City, Va. in seventh, Chad Pergerson of Roxboro, N.C. in eighth, Will Riley of Cedar Grove, N.C. in ninth and Eddie DeClue of Butner, N.C. in 10th place.

Scott's bold move nets Ford Focus Series victory

Chase Scott of Concord, N.C. swiped the lead away from Kevin Conway of Lynchburg, Va. on the 38th lap and led the rest of the way to post a win in the 50-lap race for the Carolina-Virginia Ford Focus Midget Series.

Erica Santos placed second in the 16-car field and was followed by Travis Jones of Mooresville, N.C. in the third position.

Jones and Santos both gained spots on the final circuit of the event when the cars of Conway and Robbie Ray of Davenport, IA. got together in the frontstretch, while battling for second place.

Mike Ward of Charlotte, N.C. finished fourth and was followed in fifth place by Terry Hall of Stuart, Va.

Third time was the charm for Pennington in Pure Stock

It took three tries to get the Pure Stock Division race started. But, in the end, Rodney Pennington of Durham, N.C. didn't mind the wait.

Pennington grabbed the lead on lap 13 of the Pure Stock event, which was trimmed from 30 laps to 20 laps and held on the rest of the way to post his first win of the season.

The race was cut to 20 laps after caution flags flew on the initial two attempts to get the 22-car event underway. At that point, officials placed a time limit on the race.

Tony Hurley, Jr. of Durham finished second, while current division points leader Tommy Wooldridge of Forest, Va., the winner of the first two races of the season, finished third.

Lee Anderson of Gladys, Va. was fourth, while Donald Glass of Halifax, Va. rounded out the top five drivers.

Until Pennington took over the lead, first place was not the spot to be in. Nick Igdalsky of South Boston, Va. was the pole winner, but got involved in an accident on the first attempt to start the race.

Billy Goble of Ringgold, Va. was next to encounter trouble on an attempted start, while Augie Saccoccio of Durham was the third hard-luck race leader. Saccoccio led the first 13 laps before encountering problems and falling off the pace.

Terri Williams swipes Grand Stock win, points lead

Outside pole sitter Terri Williams of Franklin, Va. grabbed the lead on the opening circuit of the 30-lap Grand Stock Division race and held on the rest of the way to the checkered flag.

Williams took the lead position when pole position winner Jack Milam of Keeling, Va. was black-flagged at the outset for jumping the green flag.

Tommy Chandler of Providence, N.C. finished second in the 12-car field and was followed in the top five by Wayne Wilson of Huddleston, Va. in third place, Taylor Moore of Wake Forest, N.C. in the fourth position and Billy Purnell of Yanceyville, N.C. in fifth place.

Troy Dowdy of Rustburg, Va., the winner of the Grand Stock Division's season-opener, was black-flagged during the race for rough driving and wound up in eighth place.

USAR Hooters Pro Cup to visit SoBo Saturday, April 17

South Boston Speedway will be in action for the third straight Saturday on April 17.

The USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series will be on hand for the running of the Lucas Oil 250.

Other events planned include a 110-lap race for the drivers in the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series Late Model Stock Car Division and a 50-lap race for the competitors in the touring Allison Legacy Series.

Pit gates will open on Saturday, April 17, at 8:30 a.m., while grandstand gates will be opened at 3 p.m. Qualifying time trials will begin at 2:45 p.m.

Advance adult general admission tickets, priced at $15 each, will be available at the South Boston Speedway office until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 16. Adult general admission tickets will be priced at $20 on race day.

Youth general admission tickets will be priced at $10 each and reserved seat tickets will be $30.

For more information, visit the track's website at www.southbostonspeedway.com or contact the speedway office at (434) 572-4947 or toll free at 1-877-440-1540.

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Kevin Conway , Denny Hamlin , Timothy Peters , Tommy Wooldridge , Terri Williams , Peyton Sellers , Erica Santos , Nick Igdalsky , Chase Scott , Charles Barnes , Robbie Ray , Clay Campbell
Teams Williams